Michelangelo Buonarroti


He was born March 6, 1475 in Caprese, Italy. In 1534, he left Florence for the last time and moved to Rome, where he spent the rest of his life. He quit grammar school and was apprenticed at age thirteen to Domenico Ghirlandaio. His family had been bankers and his grandfather had failed, and his father, too genteel for trade, lived on the income from his land and a few official appointments, and his mother died when he was six years old.

He did paintings and sculptures, his most famous works are the painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, the sculpture David, currently at Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence, Italy, the sculpture Pietá, at Basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano, and The Creation of Adam, a part of a series on the Sistine Chapel ceiling, Vatican City. His patrons were Lorenzo de' Medici, Pope Leo X, Pope Paul III who he also did work for.

The Work

Prophet Isaiah, part of a series on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Painted 1508-1512. Currently at the Sistine Chapel (Vatican Palace, Vatican City).

This is a large painting on the entire ceiling in the chapel which hundreds of people to go see everyday. It was painted with Artistic work type of fresco (painting on a wall). What is interesting about this piece are the children next to his shoulder, what book he is reading, and why the pages are gold. He sat on a ladder for twelve hours a day painting on the large ceiling.

This painting represents humanism because the prophet Isaiah is depicted to look like a human being and the children are depicted to also look like human children.